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Headed by solicitor Fiona Peet, Capital Law Limited is one of only a few firms in Wales with a standalone media and entertainment practice. Formerly in-house at a local production company, Peet has effectively leveraged this industry knowledge to provide a strong service to clients from the film and TV industries on their commercial contracts, including the drafting of production/development agreements. Wayne Beynon also often advises clients in the sector on IP issues.

Practice head(s):Fiona Peet

Other key lawyers:Wayne Beynon

Key Clients

Infinity Creative Media

Smorgasbord

S4C

Handmade Films

Influence Digital

University of South Wales

International Greetings

Rescape Innovations

Gritty Realism Productions

Orchard Media

Work highlights

  • Advised Influence Digital Marketing on its standard form agreement for use in its onboarding process of all new clients.
  • Represented Smorgasbord in closing a deal with United Agents, for the renewal of a Hollywood talent’s engagement in a Smorgasbord production.
  • Advised Planks Clothing on an advertising arrangement with an Olympic skier, as part of an endorsement arrangement.
  • Retained to advise Handmade Films Group on all the IP needs of its extensive library of motion pictures

Hugh James' merger with MLM Cartwright in 2016 enhanced the firm's visibility in the creative industries sector, given that firm's strong connections with numerous media and entertainment clients. Corporate and commercial partner Aled Walters  has significant experience in the media and entertainment field gleaned from many years' experience in private practice and in his previous role in-house at S4C. As well as advising on broadcasting and rights commercialisation matters, the firm is also regularly involved in corporate and financing transactions in the sector.

Practice head(s):Aled Walters

Other key lawyers:Lowri Walters

Testimonials

The firm is knowledgeable in corporate and media specifically - which gives them a head start to other firms.

Aled Walters has an excellent knowledge and understanding of the media industry in Wales, and business in Wales in general.

Lowri Walters is thorough, meticulous and personable

Key Clients

Avanti Media

Cwmni Da

TAC (Teledwyr Annibynol Cymru)

Welsh Government –Media Investment fund

Work highlights

  • Advised on Avanti Media’s sale to Sky and its appointment to produce Songs of Praise.
  • The team advised Cwmni Da on a multi-party co-production agreement on the successful television three-part series 'Tide' with S4C, BBC Alba, BBC Northern Ireland, Sky Vision, G4 and MAC TV.
  • Sole and exclusive legal adviser to TAC (Teledwyr Annibynol Cymru).
  • Advising the Media Investment Fund (the Welsh government's £30m fund for television and film making in Wales) on its investment into the television series, Doctor Who

Media and entertainment/sport is one of the core sector focuses of boutique Cardiff-based firm Loosemores Solicitors, and consequently it is able to provide a 'highly informed and focused' offering across the waterfront of matters impacting on clients in the sector. Formerly head of legal affairs at S4C, consultant Sara Griffiths has particular credibility within the film and TV industry, and provides 'thorough and knowledgeable advice when drafting complex co-production film and television financing and production agreements'. Mark Loosemore is accomplished at handling media and data rights agreements in the sports industry.

Practice head(s):Mark Loosemore

Other key lawyers:Sara Griffiths

Testimonials

One of only a few law firms in Wales offering sound non-contentious legal advice in this area of law

Key Clients

Blue Stag Studio

Brandrocker

Bux & Bewl

CareerCake

Clwb Ifor Bach

Dragon Graphics

Football Association of Wales

GlobalWelsh

Lumio Media

Martha Stone Production

Messy Hands Production

Orchard Media & Events

Rantmedia

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Sport Wales

Tarian Cyf

The East Wing Studio

The Stars Group

Ubiquity Group

Welsh Rugby Players Association

Why Hide/Plenitude Productions

Zest Sports Group

Work highlights

  • Advising new client The Stars Group on a major proposed new agreement with Inspired Gaming for the provision of virtual sports games to The Stars Group.
  • Advising Small Luxury Hotels of the World on a major proposed marketing agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Advising the Football Association of Wales on the proposed agreement for the Wales men’s football team to participate in the China Cup 2018
  • Advising on the proposed agreement for Orchard Media & Events to run the UEFA Champions Festival at the UEFA Champions League finals in Madrid in June 2019
  • Advising existing client Zest Sports Group on the establishment of its new website bookhospitality.com and related matters

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